Nick Cordero Receives Special Tribute During Chrysalis Benefit – Variety


The “Chrysalis Evening In” digital fundraiser paid tribute to Broadway star Nick Cordero on Thursday night time.

It was simply two days earlier than that the Tony-nominated actor awoke from a medically induced coma after problems from his battle with COVID-19

The Chrysalis profit was co-hosted by Zach Braff, who acquired emotional whereas speaking about his finest buddy Cordero’s journey, whereas introducing a efficiency by the Los Angeles forged of “Rock of Ages.”

“Among the most heartwarming help has been from Nick’s firm of ‘Rock of Ages’ [Cordero starred in the production as Dennis]. They arrive and so they stroll the newborn, they arrive and drop off meals, they drop off flowers, they drop off wine,” Braff mentioned. “It’s been so exhausting as a result of we’re not supposed to the touch one another and all you need to do is maintain your buddy and provides them love. However this group of persons are essentially the most superb firm, you’ll be able to solely hope that you’ve associates like the corporate of ‘Rock of Ages.’”

The forged sang “Don’t Cease Believin’” in entrance of backgrounds that learn “#WakeUpNick,” a hashtag utilized by Cordero’s spouse Amanda Kloots to encourage followers and family members to sing and dance on social media in help of Cordero.

Robert De Niro, Jamie Foxx, Max Greenfield, Ben Feldman, Seth MacFarlane, Jon Favreau and Jeff Ross additionally popped up throughout the fundraiser to help Chrysalis’ mission to assist low-income people safe employment throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Different performances included Anne Hathaway rocking digital face filters and wigs as she sang “Wig in a Field” from “Hedwig and the Offended Inch,” John Legend (with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from daughter Luna), Linda Perry & Willa Amai, Gavin Rossdale, Natasha Bedingfield, Wallows, Josh Whitehouse, The Conflict and Treaty, and DJ Adam Bravin.

The large finale featured a efficiency by “The Home Band,” a bunch of legendary musicians together with Perry; Slash; Weapons N’ Roses’ Gilby Clarke and Matt Sorum; Lzzy Hale (Halestorm); Jim Peterik (Survivor); Rob “Blasko” Nicholson; Jimmy “Z” Zavala; Invoice Churchville; and Mike Garson. Peterik additionally carried out “Eye of the Tiger,” which is among the inspirational songs a number of hospitals have performed by way of the loudspeakers when COVID sufferers are launched after beating the virus.

The digital occasion was held in lieu of the nonprofit’s annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, with the occasion chairs (Kerry Brown, Rebecca Gayheart, Rick Hess, Josh Lieberman, Stacey Sher and Richard Weitz) regrouping to drag off the dwell get together in simply two weeks. Chrysalis president and CEO Mark Loranger advised company — who joined the bash through a personal YouTube hyperlink after donating to the trigger — that the group had already raised $300,000 for the trigger.

Company raised greater than $25,000 whereas watching the four-hour program. The silent-auction raised a further $30,000, with objects together with an autographed memorabilia package deal from James Taylor and personal Zoom chats with Dave Bautista, Eddie Redmayne, Equipment Harington and the forged of Netflix’s “Outer Banks,” which offered for $15,000.


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